The time has come…

Hello my beautiful love buggins!  Yes, that’s right.  The time has come for me to announce this months giveaway.  I have been working diligently on a recipe for a solid perfume that won’t melt in the summer heat. Well I finally perfected it!  I tested this by leaving it in my car during a 98 degree day here in Ga.  And while it did get a bit softer than it was, it wasn’t even close to melting.  YAY!  Can we all say SUCCESS??!! 

In case you didn’t notice, I’m a bit stoked about this.  My first few attempts were good but definitely too soft to survive shipping during the summer months.  I am in love with solid perfumes for several reasons.  The main reason being I can put them in my purse and take them anywhere.  They are small and don’t take up much room and they won’t ever leak out of a bottle all over my purse and the contents therein. 

I was going to post a picture of it, but my camera has dead batteries.  I guess it’s all the pictures I took yesterday.  So I’ll have to give you a visual tomorrow.  So on to the giveaway info.  This months giveaway is a bar of my summer citrus soap and a solid perfume. 

The rules to play the game are the same as always.  Leave a comment on the blog within the next week.  On July 22nd I’ll pick a winner.  If you don’t have a link in your signature for me to get in touch with you, please feel free to email me and let me know you entered.  If you win I’ll email you.  If you have a link in your siggy I’ll post there to let you know.  I’ll also post the winner here. 

Good Luck to everyone and let the game begin!  🙂 

P.S.  In case nobody told you today, you are a strikingly beautiful and magnificently made creature.  I’m also digging the orange/hot pink aura thing you have goin on tonight.  Groovy!

Summer Citrus on a beautiful day.

Hello my most fabulous friends!  I hope things are wonderful in your part of the world today.  Things here have returned to normal and that’s fantastic.  My mother is recovering slowly but surely.  She’s minding her doctors and has a new neurosurgeon who she adores. 

My hours at the shop have calmed down and I’ve had more time to create again.  It feels so very good to be back in the studio and getting lost in art.   I also discovered several projects I had begun before all of this happened that I had forgotten about.  I’m anxious to finish them and post pics.  I’m also working on getting caught up on the J’s so those pics will be posted soon as well.

Last night I decided I wanted to make a new batch of soap.  I’ve had some scents that I’ve wanted to work with for a while now and last night I did.  The result was this summer citrus soap.  I made this with the hot process method in the crock pot.  I absolutely love the way the colors turned out.  It’s a lovely yellow soap with pink embeds.  It has a bright sparkly citrus fruity scent that is heavenly! 

Summer Citrus Soap

Summer Citrus Soap

It was so much fun making this soap.  I had to laugh this morning when I woke up and couldn’t wait to cut it.  I can’t really explain why I was so happy and excited about this batch, but honestly I felt like I was a kid on Christmas morning.  After I trimmed the bars and made the soap balls I washed my hands.  The lather was amazing.  This was a new recipe and I’m really really happy with it. 

And just a heads up, it’s almost time for another giveaway.  WOO HOO!  I love giveaways.  They are so much fun and I always make new friends in the process. 

The rest of today is going to be spent creating.  I love you all and I mean that sincerely.  🙂  Now hug your most beautiful self and go out and have a jazzy kinda day!  I’ll see you tomorrow. 

 

 

After a long day…..

Hello beautiful people!  I hope you have had a most splendid day today.  Today was a mix of weirdness for me.  I woke up full of energy, caught up on all my housework and with no errands to run.  I was super excited because I was going to spend the day making soap and solid perfumes.  I have some of the most amazing and delicious scents to work with right now! 

I had some breakfast.  The wonderdog and I took a walk up to the mail box gazebos at our apt. complex.  I checked my email, answered the ones that required answers and got out all of my supplies.  I was looking through my notes when the storm arrived.  Within the next ten minutes, the wind rose to an almost frightening speed, there were loud claps of thunder and lightning was lighting up the sky.  The next thing you know, I’m sitting here with no power. 

I almost got mad but then I remembered that sometimes in life we just have to roll with the punches.  Especially when it’s something we can’t control like the weather or the power company.  I began to try to look for the humor in the situation but frankly I was stumped.  So, I decided to pass the time by calling the power company to report the outage.  Now, I know that God has a sense of humor.  I’ve known this for years, but today He really proved it to me.  My call to the power company couldn’t go through because the power company was without power.  LOL!  I am still laughing about that one. 

Three hours later the power came back on and I was ready to go again.  Then the phone began ringing.  I kid you not, I got five phone calls one right after the other.  Each call from various friends with different problems or issues today.  My friends are awesome people and they are always there for me, so when they are in need or distress I do my very best to be there for them.  Today was my opportunity to give back.  🙂 

By the time the phone calls were done, it was late and time to eat and feed the wonderdog.  We had dinner and then it started storming again.  This time we didn’t lose power, but I was too afraid to get halfway through a batch of soap and lose power again so I just gave up. 

I am working at the flower shop for the rest of the week and again on monday.  This means that Tuesday is going to be my first opportunity to make soap and perfume again.  I’m trying to be patient but I’ve got a serious need to make soap.  🙂  

So after a long day with many ups and downs I am just about ready to crash in my bed.  My bed is soft and warm and wonderful.  It’s a happy place.  The wonderdog has gotten a head start. 

Sleepy Girl

It’s not the greatest picture but you get the idea.  Sometimes after a long day we just need to decompress and relax.  This is my plan for tonight.  May you all sleep peacefully and wake up rested and refreshed in the morning.  I’m sending nothing but love your way! 

 
 

The rumours of my demise are false.

Hello my little sweet peaches!  I know you all must think that I had fallen off the face of the earth!  A solid week without a single post!  I suppose I should explain.  I could make all sorts of excuses, but the fact is, this past week simply overwhelmed me. 

They sent my mom home from the rehab center.  I’m getting ready to leave here in a few minutes to drive down to Fla. to visit with her and fill her freezer with food so she doesn’t have to worry about that.  I also worked every day at the flower shop for a co-worker who has been on a well deserved vacation.  Several of these days were ten hours which left me no time after taking care of the wonder dog, laundry, lunches, are and soap making. 

I know that I’ve grown though because I didn’t give up on the blog or the J a day.  In fact, I’ve still been making my J’s but I haven’t had time to write or post about them.  So, be expecting at least one and probably a couple of very pic heavy posts when I return home!  The old me would have just walked away from this project because “I failed”.  The new me realizes that life throws us curveballs sometimes that we simply have no control over.  The best I can do is give it my best and not quit.  So the J a day project is still in full swing.  I have to forgive myself and move on.  Still want to come with me?  I hope so!

Thank you for all of the comments, facebook messages and emails you sent this week.  Honestly, you have no idea how much I needed them.  I am sending out mega universal hugs to you all for that!  (((((((((((HUGS))))))))))  Thank you so very very much!  Have a great weekend.  Remember that you are the picture of magnificence and beauty in this world and get out there and shake your cosmic groove thing!

Jigglin to the J’s

Hello my lovely light beams!  I was so tired when I got home from work tonight.  I had to give myself a pep talk in order to stay awake and complete my J.  After I got the wonderdog walked and fed I was dancing around and playing with her.  I was singing, “Maddison Maddison my babylove!  I need some inspiration for my J from above!”  The wonderdog barked along with me until I was laughing.  I sat down to draw and all that kept running through my mind were J words.  Jingle, Joke, Justice, and Joy.  Nahhhh didn’t want to use any of those words.  For some reason the word “jiggle” just popped into my head. 

I drew the word on a small piece of Strathmore Acrylic Linen Canvas.  I LOVE this paper.  It’s thick and it takes paint beautifully.  It’s also quite durable for ACEO’s and such.  This word measures 3 inches by 6 inches.  I used my black waterproof ink pen.  This one I know for sure is waterproof.  LOL!  I was going to paint it but then I decided to use colored pencils instead.  Mostly because I’m exhausted and I didn’t feel like moving off of the sofa into the studio. 

J47 Jiggle J

I may revisit this piece and paint over the colored pencil.  If I do I’ll post it here for you to see.  If I do paint over it I’m definitely going to use a lighter shade of green for the e as well.  I am still in awe that I’m 47 days into this art challenge.  I can’t wait until I hit day and J 65.  I think I will celebrate with a giveaway.  What do y’all think?  A canvas?  A bird?  Some soap?  What should the giveaway be?  I’d love to hear your opinions. 

Okay it’s off to bed for me.  Sweet dreams to you all.  I am going to try to dream about flying and sunshine tonight.  I’ll let you know if I succeed in that!  Feel the love!  Give the love!  Thank you for being your most fabulous self!

The love of Delilah and a Rose covered J

Hello gorgeous lovlies!  Well today was a banner day!  I took my car Delilah into the auto repair shop.  Three hours and $225.oo later she was looking as magnificent as ever.  She glistened in the sun and when I turned the key she purred like the lovely black kitten she is.  I love this car.  She and I have a connection.  I take care of her and she carries me to all points north south east and west.  For the last week she has been complaining about this.  You would have to understand Delilah’s temperament to understand this needed my immediate attention.  It turns out that Delilah had a bad bearing and it was putting undue stress on her belts.  She now has a new bearing and brand new belts.  It’s amazing what a new item of clothing or jewelry can do for a girl.  All is well in carland again.  *beams* 

I drew while I was waiting for Delilah to be released from the greasy but masterful hands of her mechanics.  Todays J is another girly J.  I had the idea in my head of painting tons of flowers all around a J.  This wasn’t possible with colored pencils and a sketch pad, but I did the best I could do.  I actually like it quite a bit.  Feel free to leave any comments. 

J13 Flower Covered J

I also wanted to post a thought here and if any of you would like to start a conversation about this feel free.  I think it’s kind of important for everyone, not just artists.  I read an article on Carol D O’dell’s blog.  http://riskplaycreate.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/risk-and-rejection-the-dark-side-of-art/   She made some really good points about the way we struggle.  But I have to say that I truly believe we can all overcome these fears and feelings when we step into who we really are.  I personally love Carol’s style of writing.  And I totally get that when we don’t find ourselves receiving the reactions that we think we should with our work, that we can feel rejected.  But here’s the thing, is it really their rejection or our fear of that that is the problem?  I honestly believe that we shouldn’t worry about the ones who say no.  They may not be smart enough to say yes.  No matter what other people think, do or say I’m an artist a designer and a soap formulator.  Whether or not other people place value on what I’m doing or not has absolutely no bearing on my truth.  Just my opinion, but that’s how I roll.  Have a great night.  Throw some love out into the universe and smile when it comes back.

J a day and a lighter load

Hello all of you wonderful peeps!

I’m posting a different type of J a day drawing today.  Todays drawing has J’s in the drawing, it’s not a picture of a J.  There are two reasons for this.  First of all, I like to change things up once in awhile.  Secondly, this drawing came from deep inside me and I like it alot. 

I told you yesterday that a very good friend had asked me some questions that really made me take a look inside.  It’s kind of amazing to me that I have such varied friends in my life.  I have friends that are silly and playful and friends that are always most serious.  I enjoy my interaction with them all.  They all bring different types of gifts and in turn different types of happiness into my life.  And then I have this other friend.  He and I have been able to be totally and completely gut level honest with each other since we met over six years ago.  He has absolutely no problem asking me the hard questions and demanding I answer myself honestly.  Sometimes this is a painful process because it forces me to face the fallout from my past.  I told him yesterday that I feel like an onion sometimes.  He just keeps peeling back one layer after another and helping me look at what is underneath.  This is the inspiration for this drawing.  I hope that you are lucky enough to find a friend like this along your path.  Because what I am learning is this…..after the pain comes the most beautiful freedom and lightness of being.  Everyday I am finding more courage.  I am looking forward to the other good things I find inside.  Here is todays J a day. 

J7 Layers and self discovery.

Now I’m off to make some more soap.  Valentines will be here before you know it!  Have a wonderful day.  Be kind to someone who is being mean today.  It freaks them out and it’s good karma!  *Grins*  Love to you all.

Changing a mindset.

There have been alot of changes going on in my life lately.  I’ve been out of work for quite some time now and so I’ve been concentrating on my business even moreso.  I’m getting a divorce.  I never thought I’d be saying that, but there it is.  I’ve also been trying to figure out and work out my feelings about a relationship with one of my family members. 

Yesterday I was reading an article on abundance and changing ones mindset.   This particular article posed this very simple question……Who said that you have to go through a period of being broke just because you are out of a job?  This statement hit me like a ton of bricks.  EVERYBODY said it!  LOL! 

The thing is, it doesn’t have to be the truth.  It doesn’t have to be my story.   Today I made a concious decision to rewrite my story.  My story isn’t going to be one of struggle and lack.  My story is one of abundance, joy and gratitude.   I went to the store today because I was out of trash bags.  Just walking around and smiling at people and hugging people, I sold six bars of soap.  🙂   I wasn’t even trying! 

So here is the thing….if I can do that today I can do that again tomorrow… and the next day…and so on.   I’ve been in a bit of a slump artistically lately as well.  I’ve been having a hard time with ideas to paint.  Well, I’ve come up with a solution to that as well.  I’ll write more about that later. 

In the meantime, if any of you are interested, I HIGHLY recommend going over to www.TUT.com and signing up for Notes from the Universe.  It’s free, and they will change your life for the better.  If nothing else, they will make you smile every day. 

My positive quote for today is from Tony Robbins….

That thing you can’t do you must.

Winter birds and sleepy dog

Hi Guys,

Well it’s been another busy week for me.  I’ve been working on some more birds, restocking the soap shelves and trying to catch the wonder dog sleeping.  She is such a light sleeper that I have yet to catch her just totally out cold.  LOL  Still working on it though! 

Here are some of the birds that I just finished.  I will be listing them on my site tomrrow.  I’ve got several others almost finished.  It seems like these days that the more I make them, the more I love them.  They make me smile and giggle.  I think that’s a good thing. 

Just friends ready for tea.

 Meet Edith and Charlotte.  Just two pretty girls ready for tea.  I named these girls after my mom and my Aunt Charlotte.  The love to get together when they can too!  🙂 

Two fabric birds fancy friends.

Fancy Friends

 And this is Nina and Cricket.  They are best friends.  They are all dressed up and ready to go out on the town.  I have a suspicion that Nina is on the prowl for a cowboy.  Cricket agrees.  heh

And just because she’s so stinkin cute to me, a couple of pics of the wonder dog.  She gets so put out when I wake her with my camera.  LOL

Oops.  I woke up the sleeping princess.

The wonder dog is put out.

She just doesn’t understand how cute I think she is when she’s sleeping!  I just wish I could get ONE pic of her while she was out cold.  But NOPE, she is a light sleeper and she always hears me. 

Maddison ignoring her momma.

She is a sleepy puppy.

After giving me the stink eye she moved over and put her head on the pillow.  As if to say, “I am ignoring you, now go away so I can sleep”   LOL  I love her so much! 

I think 2010 is going to be an amazing year.  My mind seems to be moving constantly in creative directions.  I’m trying to find the balance with my time between soapmaking and my dolls/birds/art.  I feel like I’ve got a pretty good system working right now.  I should have new soaps ready soon as well.  Have a great day and thank you again for all of your kind words and emails.  Y’all keep me going!  Peace and Love and Peachbutter!!

Merry Christmas!!

Just a short blog today to say Merry Christmas to you all!  🙂  The wonder dog and I would like to thank you all for making this a magnificent Christmas!!!  We sold out of soap.  We also sold several birds and some art!  We wouldn’t be able to make it without all of you.  Whether you have bought from us, told friends about us or simply emailed with encouraging words.  We love each and every single one of you!  ((((((((HUGS)))))))  May 2010 be the most incredible year to date for everyone.  Peace and blessing upon you!   Sending love and hugs and dreams your way!  – Jacqueline and Maddison the wonder dog.

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